Goethe – the psychology of colour

Colour is an essential part of how we experience the world both emotionally and culturally. In 1810 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; a German writer, artist and politician published a book titled Theory of Colours.  He focused on the psychological aspect of how brain interpret colours and influence our emotions. Certain colours or colour combination create certain mood and feelings. He base this theory on the colour wheel designed by Isaac Newton and explained that there are ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ colours. Positive are also viewed as warm colours (yellow, orange) and negative are the cooler tones such as blue and purple.

He further elaborates of the different colour combination that could create certain atmosphere. Gentle – by mixing 2 negative colours we could potentially design a calm/ cold environment. For example a room filled with green and blue one would feel relaxed. Powerful – by mixing 2 positive colours we could potentially design a warm and lively environment. Yellow and orange creates an upbeat feeling. Radiant – by mixing a negative and positive tone.



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